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scribble away (at something)

to write hard and fast at some task. He scribbled away at his notes as the lecturer droned on. Jane sat in the library scribbling away.
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scribble something down

to write something down fast and not too neatly. He scribbled the figure down and raced for the telephone. Liz scribbled down the telephone number.
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scribble down

To write something quickly without paying attention to readability or style: She grabbed a piece of paper and scribbled down the address that I told her. He scribbled a number down on his notepad.
See also: down, scribble
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We had just moved house and wallpapered one of the walls with a very expensive paper but 'luckily' she scribbled on the painted wall
I sat inside with her during recess, stared all around the room at scribbled pictures of Jesus, and prayed for divine guidance.
Not long ago, teenage gossip was something that spread in the cafeteria or was scribbled on bathroom walls.
I borrowed the music, and soon I was listening to Astor Piazolla's passionate chords as I scribbled out my homework.
Animals in the Coral Reef" is spelled out colorfully on another screen and written as if a child innocently scribbled it.
The Times reported: "On one page, under the title 'Explosivija za Oklahomu,' the owner of the notebook had scribbled formulas with inscriptions in English for TNT, ammonium nitrate and nitro-glycerine.
A broker from Nebraska scribbled on his questionnaire what may be a clarion call in the future for successful brokers: "We've embraced one-stop shopping.
Gia Carangi, top model and the main character here, scribbled regularly in her notebooks, and if her story -- difficult Philadelphia childhood, rapid rise and precipitous fall in the fashion business of the late '70s and early '80s, death from AIDS complications -- is too filled with schoolgirlish stabs at poetry to be very interesting, it at least provides a competent framework for this quite watchable two-hour movie.
For the end user, the experience of being online in a Scribbled World is like falling into the pages of a favorite novel, but it's a novel in which a user can look at objects, wander from room to room, and chat with other users.
The ubiquitous lab notebook, with its dog-eared corners, stained pages and scribbled entries, may one day give way to an electronic analog that permits not only the recording of data but also the sharing of information among researchers scattered throughout the world.
16 ( ANI ): The Union Civil Aviation Ministry has acted promptly on a complaint forwarded by the cultural cell of the Maharashtra Congress for removing derogatory comments scribbled against women political lLeaders on the walls of the gents rest room at the Thiruvananthapuram Airport.
The former Beatle handed the lyrics, scribbled on to a piece of paper, to teenage fan Gail Renard during one of his famous bed-in peace protests with wife Yoko Ono in a Montreal hotel room in 1969.
The firm's involvement began with a pounds 13m project which started life as an idea scribbled on the back of an envelope.
Chivas USA believes: Chivas USA coach Thomas Rongen scribbled a note to his players that read, ``Believe in yourselves,'' prior to last weekend's 1-0 victory over Real Salt Lake, the team's first MLS victory.